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Lean is Green

It can be said that lean is green.  A lean organisation understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The core idea is to maximise customer value while minimising waste.   Lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer...

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Circular Shopping: Packaging Waste Issues

An innovative new circular shopping system designed to drastically cut packaging waste from consumer goods has launched as a pilot in France. The scheme, involving leading French retailer Carrefour, will enable customers to buy everyday products in durable packaging that can be cleaned, collected, refilled and reused. The circular shopping system is led by recycling...

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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

The amount of single-use plastics in oceans and seas has been growing at an alarming rate.  The European Commission has proposed new EU-wide rules to target the 10 plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items. The...

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War on plastic: How businesses can play their part!

You may have heard that China no longer accepts low value plastics and has left the western world with a significant disposal/recycling conundrum.   We have all heard about Circular Economy.  You may have an idea of how you could use the circular economy to improve the performance of your business whilst playing a significant role...

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A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

The European Commission adopted the worlds first comprehensive Plastics Strategy In January 2018.  In May 2018 The European Commission proposed new laws to tackle the 10 most found plastic waste items on Europe’s beaches as well as fishing gear.  The Single Use Plastics Directive is an integral part of the wider approach announced in the Plastics...

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Plastic Waste: strategy to protect planet, citizens & our industries

The first Europe-wide strategy on plastic waste, was adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.  It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are...

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EPA launches “National Waste Statistics” web resource

The Environmental Protections agency (EPA) has launched the National Waste Statistics web resource and has also published information on hazardous waste for 2015 and 2016 and municipal waste for 2014.  The new web resource replaces the EPA’s biennial National Waste Report as the primary source of waste statistics in Ireland.  The EPA will regularly update National Waste Statistics,...

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Life Cycle Analysis Explained

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a technique used to quantify the potential environmental impacts associated with a product or service throughout its life cycle.   Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are tools which enable transparent communication to stakeholders.  LCA and EPD present comparable information about the environmental impact of of products and...

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GreenStart and GreenPlus funding: Enterprise Ireland, Industrial Development Authority, LEO and Udaras Na Gaeltacht

GreenStart and GreenPlus funding is available to clients of Enterprise Ireland and Industrial Development Authority.  The funding programmes are available to enable businesses to improve their performance using environmental management to either save costs, increase value or grow sales. An environmental management structure can help your company achieve competitive advantage through greater resource efficiency (energy/water/waste/wastewater) and...

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Circular Economy Package to help European businesses

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and...

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